Americans for the Arts envisions an America where every child has access to—and takes part in—high quality and lifelong learning experiences in the arts, both in school and in the community.  We believe that learning in the arts enables every individual to develop the critical thinking, collaborative, and creative skills necessary to succeed in the ever changing diverse and global economies of today’s world. 

Through the Arts Education Network, Americans for the Arts provides arts education professionals with professional development opportunities as well as tools and resources  needed to strengthen arts education in their own communities. Members of the Arts Education Network are professional members of Americans for the Arts, and represent a cross-section of arts education leaders, including arts administrators, teaching artists, school administrators, and representatives from higher education.

The Arts Education Council, an advisory body elected by the Network, provides guidance on the development and execution of programs and services that meet the needs of these arts education professionals nationwide.

Read more about the Arts Education Network and Council.

News
Jan 31, 2017

Americans for the Arts is pleased to offer a number of full ride and reimbursement scholarships to the 2017 Annual Convention in San Francisco June 15-18, 2017. Scholarships are available to our members as well as California-based artists and cultural workers. Deadline is Feb. 28, 2017.

Jan 26, 2017

Arts professionals, community leaders, artists, and students are all invited to join this annual gathering June 16-18 in San Francisco on the future of art and culture in America.

Sep 20, 2016

Members of Americans for the Arts enjoy a 30% discount on Visme, a visual content tool for designers and non-designers alike. Try the robust platform free as part of their Visualize Me contest, open now through Oct. 5.

News
Oct 13, 2016

With the goal of artistic literacy for all students in Connecticut, the Connecticut Arts Standards set the guidelines for schools, districts, teachers and communities to develop artistically literate citizens. 

May 06, 2016

Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.

May 06, 2016

The California State Senate Education Committee heard testimony today on SB 916, the Theatre and Dance Act (which legislators have dubbed "TADA!") that would establish single-subject cre

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2016 Annual Convention Livestream
Can't make it to Boston this year?
Boston, June 17-19, 2016

This year at our Annual Convention, we are live streamed all of our keynote presentations, multiple main convention sessions, as well as a select few preconference sessions.

You can watch any or all of these on our Americans for the Arts YouTube channel.